Home Improvement Installers install functional and decorative home improvements, such as awnings, curtains, blinds, security screens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens, and prefabricated windows and doors.

Specialisations: Awning Installer, Carport Erector, Curtain Fitter, Security Door Installer, Shower Screen Installer.

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.
  • Preparing site for installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.
  • Gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.
  • Measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows.
  • Fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.
  • Drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place.
  • Attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.
  • Installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.

More about Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

  • $1,442 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Home Improvement Installers

  • 11,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Home Improvement Installers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 11,200 in 2011 to 11,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Home Improvement Installers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction79.6
Manufacturing9.8
Retail Trade4.0
Wholesale Trade1.4
Other Industries5.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHome Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.931.6
VIC23.425.6
QLD21.520.0
SA8.07.0
WA13.310.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHome Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.8-5.05.0
20-248.9-9.39.3
25-3422.8-22.922.9
35-4424.3-22.022.0
45-5423.3-21.621.6
55-598.7-9.09.0
60-646.0-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHome Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV42.2-21.121.1
Year 1218.4-18.118.1
Year 118.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below23.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with Housing Industry Association (HIA) may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Security Industry Act licence (security screens)
  • working at heights ticket
  • forklift licence
  • drug and alcohol test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    54% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    93% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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